Tuesday, December 06, 2005

There's got to be a word for this

What's the word for when something is beautiful and sad, and the two aspects are inextricably intertwined? If there isn't such a word, let's make one. There's got to be one in German, even if it's eight miles long.

Why do I need such a word? To describe stories like this: Gay Wedding Man Dies of Cancer.

From Reuters:

A terminally ill gay British man given just days to live became the first on Monday to take advantage of a new law giving same-sex couples legal status...Cancer patient Matthew Roche, 46, was given special dispensation to waive the waiting period and tie the knot with his partner of seven years Christopher Cramp, 37, because he was not expected to live long enough.

"We are extremely happy and feel a great sense of achievement," Roche said after the ceremony at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing on England's south coast.

He died the next day.

Thank God for faithful, patient love. Rest in peace, Matthew Roche.


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